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New foundation sets sights on vision issues in Vietnam
By Harry Hodge
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New foundation sets sights on vision issues in Vietnam

By Harry Hodge

Attendees pose for a group photo at the launch event of MEGAHUT flagship store and Ashley Ngo Foundation – PHOTO: COURTESY OF AR GROUP

HCMC - A lavish store opening in HCMC’s District 1 could also mean the start of a boost for those with vision issues around Vietnam.

The opening of the MEGAHUT flagship store in District 1 was opulent and brought a who’s who of the city’s top influencers in fashion and entertainment, enjoying flutes of champagne and serenaded by a string duo surrounded by luxury eyewear from Dior, Balenciaga, Tom Ford, Chloé, Salvatore Ferragamo and more.

But the launch of the Ashley Ngo Foundation - Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Fund could also be a game-changer for needy Vietnamese suffering from vision issues, as well as aspiring optometrists who can make use of financial assistance with their studies.

“The establishment of the Ashley Ngo Foundation will help AR Group - Anh Rang Group to better access and care for the vision health of the community,” Ngo said on the sidelines of the event. “This is what I wish, I always want to contribute and offer the best values and sincere care for my country and the people of Vietnam.

“Vision care is very important for everyone. Vietnam is a developing country… We need to standardize (vision care here). We put a lot of money into helping people, especially young kids and the elderly who can’t afford spectacles. So then they can have good vision and correction.”

Ngo, the chairwoman of AR Group, is a leading expert trained in optometry in the U.S., who returned to Vietnam to build and develop the eyewear industry professionally.

Her efforts in the past have contributed greatly to charity programs, including the commitment to accompany the Vu A Dinh Scholarship Fund to take care of vision for students over a 10-year period.

Each year, AR Group and Ngo have been taking care of eyesight for 500 needy primary and secondary school students. She also helps to support an eye surgery program for children with disabilities, with a commitment to give US$1 from the sale of each eyewear product as contributions.

The newly founded Ashley Ngo Foundation’s upcoming six-month plan is to examine and fund eyeglasses for about 120 students from 12 schools, high schools, and universities and award scholarships to a number of optometry industry students in HCMC, Hanoi, Danang, Nha Trang and elsewhere. This help can offset costs for budding opticians, as well as using AR Group facilities to understand what standards are like in places like the U.S.

The website for the foundation is still under development, but interested parties can check out the AR Group website and Facebook page, or visit the new MEGAHUT flagship store at 125bis Hai Ba Trung Street, District 1, and talk with staff in person.

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